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10 things to do with your pennies


(photo credit: Dans le Townhouse)

Happy Birthday President Lincoln! Did you know that he became the face of the penny in 1909? Since then, there’s been so many sayings attached to the pretty penny including “A penny saved is a penny earned” to “In for a penny, in for a pound.”

Honestly speaking, I actually have a penny-phobia. I’ve seen so many of them that are dirty it makes me wonder what sort of history it has (and not in the pleasant way).  However, when I get a new cent in my hand, it makes me smile because it’s so beautiful.

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Is TLC’s ‘Extreme Cheapskates’, a little too extreme?


A few days ago, I had a little down time in the evening and came across Extreme Cheapskates on TLC.  At first, I was curious to find out why these individuals would identify themselves as a “cheapskate” but I was also interested in knowing their lifestyle.  I definitely have my cheap *ahem* frugal moments but I wouldn’t consider myself a cheapskate.

The first episode I watched was a day in the life Kate Hashimoto, a CPA by day and a dumpster diving connoisseur by night. Here are some of the things she does to live a cheap lifestyle:

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Behind The Scenes: Employee Spotlight with Allegra


This week, we’re rolling out a new part of our “Behind the Scenes” look at the company, where we spotlight different employees in our company. While some of these people are more visible on our site (such as myself), the deals on our site don’t just find themselves, and we have lots of help making sure our site stays current. We pride ourselves on having an incredible group of people working here at Savings and the drive and dedication they have to their job. First up in our series is Allegra Ringo. If her name looks familiar, it’s likely because you’ve talked to her over in our Community! She currently serves as Community Manager for Savings.com, where she gets to interact with our favorite members on a daily basis.

Allegra took a moment from her busy day to put down the cubicle wall separating us (only kidding, we don’t actually have cubicles in the office) and chat with us.

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Saving for Graduation Season


Trees are starting to bloom, the air has a scent of fresh cut lawns, and the weather is finally warm enough to go outside without wearing your winter parka. You know what that means. Graduation season is just around the corner!

With over three million students graduating from high school this year and over two million graduating from colleges, universities and grad schools, there will be a lot of celebrating going on this Spring. Chances are you are going to have at least one graduation party to attend and possibly one to host.

Giving a gift to a graduate or hosting a party can be a wonderful feeling. You know you are celebrating one of the most important milestones in your loved one’s life. Whether you are the host or an attendee, here are some great ideas about how to celebrate without breaking the bank.

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The Tech-pert: Give That Old Laptop a New Lease on Life


So you’ve finally decided to cut bait on your old laptop. You’re tired of waiting 10 minutes for Windows to boot, tired of programs that take forever to load, and tired of viruses and spyware gumming up the works.

In other words, it’s time for a new machine. And for around $500 (less if you’re willing to buy a refurbished or closeout model), you can get yourself something mighty nice.

But what about the old laptop? What should be its fate? You probably can’t sell it for much, and in its current condition, it’s not much good as a hand-me-down.

Know what I’d do? Wipe the hard drive (after retrieving all your data from it, of course) and install Linux. That may sound like a techie, nerds-only solution, but hear me out. The whole process is easier than you might think, and it results in a laptop that feels brand new—maybe even better than new.

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